Tom Brady kicked off his 23rd season in the National Football League on Sunday night with a 19-3 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday Night Football, which aired on Comcast Corporation CMCSAowned by NBC.
Brady had previously announced his retirement from the championship in February before announcing a month later that he would be returning.
“In these two months I have realized that my place is still on the pitch and not in the stands. That time will come. But it is not now. I love my teammates and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m returning for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG, “tweeted Brady.
Brady is the NFL’s oldest player for the 2022-2023 season. Drafted in 199th place overall in the 2000 NFL Draft on April 6, 2000, many things have changed since Brady first entered the championship.
Here’s a look at 23 things that weren’t there when Brady joined the NFL.
Cryptocurrency: leading cryptocurrency Bitcoin BTC / USD was founded in 2009, following a white paper published the previous year. The market capitalization of Bitcoin is over $ 400 billion and one of the many cryptocurrencies that are now readily available for trade by consumers, including on the FTX Brady approved app.
Twitter: Social media platform Twitter Inc TWTR was founded in March 2006. Brady has 2.8 million followers on the social media platform from today.
Facebook: Facebook social media platform, owned by Meta Platforms inc HALFwas founded in 2004, two years after Brady joined the NFL.
Instagram: The social media platform for sharing photos and videos Instagram, owned by Meta Platforms, was launched in 2010. Brady has more than 12 million followers on Instagram, but follows his wife, model Gisele Bundchen at 19.7 millions.
iPhone: Now one of the most popular smartphones in the world, the iPhone wasn’t launched until 2007 since the Apple company AAPL. Brady couldn’t own an iPhone until his eighth season in the NFL.
Netflix streaming: Now used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, the ability to stream movies and television shows Netflix Inc NFLX it wasn’t a reality when Brady joined the league. Netflix launched in 1998 as a DVD via mail service and would later add streaming in 2007.
Amazon Prime: Giant of e-commerce Amazon.com Inc AMZN launched in the 1990s before Brady joined the NFL. The popular Amazon Prime service, which offered free two-day delivery and additional benefits to members, was launched in 2005 and is now a staple of the company’s business.
Uber and Lyft: Travel sharing company Uber Technologies Inc UBER And Lyft Inc LYFT launched in 2009 and 2012 respectively. When Brady needed to move into the NFL during his early years, he was likely assigned the task of driving alone or finding a cab, as the top two ride-sharing companies didn’t exist still.
Tesla Roadster: In 2008, the giant of electric vehicles Tesla Inc TSLA released its first vehicle with the Tesla Roadster. Two years later, the company held its IPO and has been performing well for investors for the past 12 years.
Houston Texans: The year before Brady joined the NFL, the Cleveland Browns were reinstated as a franchise bringing the number of NFL teams to 31. In 2002, the Houston Texans became the league’s 32nd team by joining as an expansion team. Brady’s career in the NFL is older than any of the current NFL teams.
Legal Sports Betting: When Brady joined the league and led the Patriots franchise to many successful seasons and the Super Bowl, consumers could head to Las Vegas to bet on Brady and the team’s success or take action in illegal offshore operations. A 2018 ruling gave each state the power to determine whether they would legalize sports betting.
Spotify: Music streaming platform Spotify Technology SA STAIN launched in 2006, several years after Brady joined the league and was already winning the Super Bowl.
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Lord of the Rings movie: One of the most successful film franchises of all time is the Lord of the Rings trilogy, with films in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The films grossed more than $ 1 billion nationwide and were all released after Brady joined the league.
Harry Potter Movies: Similar to the Lord of the Rings movies, the Harry Potter franchise has been hugely successful. The first Harry Potter film came out in 2001, four years after the book came out and a year after Brady was drafted by the Patriots.
Crocs: Comfortable shoe brand Crocs, Inc. CROX was launched in 2002 after Brady joined the NFL.
Youtube: Type “Tom Brady” on YouTube and you’ll get thousands of results for videos ranging from highlights, interviews, or comments on the NFL quarterback. When Brady first joined the NFL, the video platform founded in 2005 and now owned by Alphabet Inc GOOGGOOGL it still wasn’t a thing.
Roomba: When Brady joined the league and later had millions of dollars to use for home décor, he couldn’t buy a robotic vacuum cleaner from iRobot Corporation IRBT still. The product was introduced in 2002.
American idol: One of the longest running reality shows is the “American Idol” singing contest, which premiered on Fox, a unit of Fox Corp FOX two decades ago. Brady’s career in the NFL is older than the show launched in 2002.
Call of Duty: While Brady could play the popular Madden NFL video game franchise from Electronic Arts Inc. IT’S AT every year of his NFL career, he had to wait a couple of years before Call of Duty Activision Blizzard, Inc. ATVI was playable, with the first game in the popular franchise released in 2003.
PlayStation 2: Speaking of video games, when Brady joined the NFL, people in North America and Europe could only buy the first PlayStation console. Sony Group Corp SONY. The popular PlayStation 2 wouldn’t be available until October 2000, several months after the draft and shortly after the NFL 2000 season began.
Airbnb: Every NFL season, team fans flock to away games, often booking hotels in NFL team cities. Another popular option is to rent a home through the home rental service Airbnb Inc ABNB. The company was launched in 2008.
Yeti: NFL fans who followed the Patriots games during its early seasons had to look for brands other than Yeti Holdings Inc YETI as the popular coolers and lifestyle brand didn’t launch until 2006.
Grey’s Anatomy: Brady would likely have a hard time finding many sitcoms he started watching when he started his NFL career that are still on television today. One show that comes close, but is still younger than Brady’s career in the NFL, is “Grey’s Anatomy,” which premiered in 2005.
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